Kathmandu - Like in many countries, Nepal faces significant challenges in relation to women’s equal access to land and tenure security. Since 2004, Nepal’s Government has introduced several proactive measures to promote women’s ownership, access and control over land. For instance, depending on geographical location, the government has been exempting 25 per cent to 50 per cent tax on registration when land is owned by a woman, In case of single women; they are entitled for 35 per cent tax exemption (). Additionally, the government has been promoting joint registration of land in the names of husbands and wives. However, looking at the available data, the success of these measures has been limited. For example, only around 19.7 per cent of women own around 5 per cent of land throughout Nepal, and only around 11 per cent have effective control over their property (CBS, 2011).
- By Dipina Sharma Rawal